My Highlights of February in Cornwall
If January was a bit quiet here in Cornwall, February is more than making up for it! Choose from must-see gigs, film screenings, supper clubs, new art exhibitions, theatre and more…
What did I miss? If you’ve got wind of a hot date I haven’t, please tell us about it in the comments!
Independent Venue Week, Old Bakery Studios, Truro, 1 – 3 Feb
Old Bakery is one of Cornwall’s best indie venues and to celebrate Independent Venue Week they have a line-up of live punk and rock gigs. Rock DJs This Feeling with The Velvet Hands and The Himalayas kick off the week, followed by a punk night with some of the SouthWest’s finest rabble rousers and finally, a rock and metal night with Moriaty, Godstone and Hypophora.
Fondue Nights, Bedruthan Hotel & Spa, every Fri
On a dark winter’s evening, there is no better way to warm up than with a steaming, oozy bowl of swirling melted cheese laced with white wine and Kirsch, accompanied with hunks of bread and cold cuts to dip in. Try something a little different to your usual three-course meal and share a fondue – perfect for groups of friends or a date idea for loved ones – on one of our Friday fondue nights. £17.50pp
Woodburner Sessions, Lusty Glaze, Newquay, every Fri , plus Weds 14
Catch brilliant live music every Friday night throughout winter at unique beach venue Lusty Glaze’s Woodburner Sessions. Up this month are alt-folk singer-songwriter-guitarist Ben Morgan-Brown, Cornish songstress Rue, Chris Webb (a special Valentine’s show on Weds 14), singer songwriter Lucy Anna and jazz/soul talent Rosie Southern.
Malija, Fri 2 Feb (St Mary’s Church, Penzance) and Sat 3 Feb (St Endellion Church)
Malija is a sophisticated, genre-bending trio has been delighting audiences since its debut album release in 2015. Driven by a commitment to improvisation and collective musical banter, the band’s idiomatic sweep through bluegrass, tango, abstract grooves and shimmering landscapes is delivered with flair and playful abandon. Pert of Carn to Cove, Cornwall’s performing arts scheme for rural communities
Crantock Farmers Market, Crantock, Nr Newquay, Sat 3 Feb
There are loads of great markets in Cornwall but this is a real local favourite and it seems to attract some really brilliant makers, growers, brewers and artisan producers too. Held in Crantock Village Hall, this is the first Market of 2018.
Wild Cornwall – Out on the Edge, Film Screening, The Poly, Falmouth, Thurs 8 Feb
Cornwall Wildlife Trust hosts the UK premiere of celebrated filmmaker Ian McCarthy’s award-winning new film: Wild Cornwall – Out on the Edge. The film follows the turning year in Cornwall – “one of the most beautiful and dramatic places in Europe” – winning a prestigious Silver Dolphin Award at Cannes. It showcases the dramatic lives of many of our much loved species, including breeding seabirds and peregrine falcons on the cliffs, dolphins, seals and basking sharks in the ocean, and bats and otters hunting in the streams that flow from moor to sea.
Grasp The Nettle and The Thrill of Love, Spring Season at Sterts Theatre, Liskeard, Thurs 8 and Sat 24 Feb
Sterts Theatre’s Spring Season pays tribute to Vote 100, the celebration of 100 years of votes for women in the UK. The events, to be held in Sterts Studio, include Grasp the Nettle a tribute to composer, writer and suffragette, Dame Ethel Smyth, The Thrill of Love, a play about Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain in 1955 after being convicted of shooting her lover.
Japanese Izakaya (dude) Food Night, Porthtowan Beach Cafe, Porthtowan, Thurs 9 Feb
Izakaya is Japanese pub food which is also called “dude food”. Japanese Dude food is going to be huge in 2018 so try it here first – with Naoko’s Kitchen at Porthtowan Beach Cafe. This is a two course event where you can bring your own booze and taste the stylish and hearty flavours of Tokyo.
Kernow King Celebrates Cornwall’s History, Hall For Cornwall, Truro, Sat 10 Feb
A double bill of entertainment starring the Kernow King. The Cornish Caretakers tells the story of two caretakers who arrive for their final day of work at The Kernow Museum in St Just before it is knocked down to build retirement flats. But not all is as it seems. Trevithick! is the gripping story of one of Cornwall’s greatest sons, whose life was tinged by tragedy and steeped in engineering achievement.
National Trust Half Term Trails, venues around Cornwall, Sat 10 – Sun 18 Feb
From Trelissick’s Snowdrop Trail to Trengwainton’s Fun Fitness Trail, The National Trust knows how to make walks fun for kids and many have beautiful gardens that are perfect to explore in early spring. Most have crafts and other children’s activities going on over half term too.
What Remains, a solo exhibition by Tim Shaw, The Exchange, Penzance, 10 Feb – 12 May
A solo exhibition bringing together a number of works by Tim Shaw, the acclaimed sculptor and Royal Academician. Drawn from personal experience, Shaw’s exhibition at The Exchange features two installations that address head-on the global presence and effect of terrorism and the pervasive sense of hidden powers having control over our lives.
Early Man at Eden, Eden Project, Bodelva, 10 – 18 Feb
Get ready for a prehistoric adventure of epic proportions at Eden this half-term. In association with Early Man, the major new film release from Nick Park and Aardman. Bring your tribe to Eden for intrepid adventures and behind-the-scenes fun based on the latest adventure by the creators of Chicken Run and Wallace & Gromit.
A Night of South East Asian Street Food, Brew House, St Ives, Sat 10 Feb
Lee Skeet’s 2018 supper clubs kick off this month with a night of South East Asian-inspired street food. Produce will include local duck, mackerel, cod and much more. There’ll be a full bar available with beers from the brewery below. £35pp
Virginia Wolf, an exhibition inspired by her paintings, Tate St Ives, 10 Feb – 29 April
Discover art from 1850 to the present, inspired by the writing of celebrated author Virginia Woolf, who spent much of her childhood in St Ives. This exhibition is led by her writing, which will act as a prism through which to explore feminist perspectives on landscape, domesticity and identity in modern and contemporary art – with works by over 80 artists
Love Birds, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Sat 10 – Sun 18 Feb
This February half term meet the owls, from Screech Owl Sanctuary and to learn all about Heligan’s feathered friends. Enjoy a fun family outdoor trail, explore the gardens, find all the bird sound boxes and test your knowledge to see if you can identify our Heligan birds from their calls.
Structures Residency, Newlyn Gallery, Sat 10 – 24 Feb
Structures Residency is a two-week evolving exhibition and residency of international artists whose practice is informed by networks, frameworks and systems. Bringing together 25 artists from the UK, Europe, and the US, the residency enables an exchange of methods, approaches and ideas. The artists will work together in an open-plan studio space in one half of the upper gallery, alongside an evolving exhibition of work made during the residency.
Crazy For You, Hall For Cornwall, Truro, Tues 13 – Sat 17 Feb
High energy, high kicking and gloriously glamorous, the acclaimed Watermill Theatre production of Crazy for You is the ultimate feel-good musical. Strictly Come Dancing winner Tom Chambers and West End & TV star Claire Sweeney appear in this multi-award winning, romantic comedy, with Charlotte Wakefield as ‘Polly’ (Sound of Music, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), it features a fabulous score from the Gershwin brothers’ songbook.
Love Your Beach Day, beaches around Cornwall, Weds 14 Feb
Be part of something BIG this Valentine’s Day with Cornwall’s first Love Your Beach Day!The Your Shore Network is coming together to celebrate and show our love for the marine and coastal environment. Beach Cleans will be taking place all across the county.
Manon de Boer, Screening and Q&A, Falmouth School of Art, Weds 14 Feb
This screening will present two films followed by a Q&A with Tate St Ives curator Laura Smith. In Dissonant the camera follows every movement of dancer Cynthia Loemij. black during the one minute that is needed to change the film roll. In Presto, Perfect Sound composer and violinist, George Van Dam, performs Béla Bartok’s sonata for violin solo, Presto. The film offers an intense reflection on a moment of creative concentration. Admission is free but booking is required.
Dele Sosimi & Afrobeat Orchestra, Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Porthtowan, Sat 17 Feb
Dele Sosimi is the UK’s multi award-winning Afrobeat Ambassador who has been consistently flying the Afrobeat flag in the UK since 1995. Dele’s pulsating live shows demonstrate his vision of Afrobeat – one that is faithful to the original blueprint, but also clearly bears Dele’s own DNA, expanding the horizons of the genre. A true pioneer, he is accompanied on stage by a 7-piece band; some of the best musicians you can hear in the UK right now, serving up an unforgettable mix of grooves over a 2 hour long set that will ignite the end of winter in style! La Cantina Cafe will be open on the night serving a delicious vegan and veggie pre-gig supper.
Cider & Ale Fest, The Wateringhole, Perranporth, Fri 16 – Sun 18 Feb
The first ever Cider and Ale Festival at the Wateringhole on Perranporth beach. This is a free event happening all weekend. There will be three extra bars accompanying the main bar bringing you the finest ciders and ales from across the globe. Expect live music on Friday and Saturday from 5pm onwards and roast dinners served as usual on the Sunday.
Kevos ‘I Was Born But…’, Fri 16 (Calstock Arts The Old Chapel) and Sat 17 Feb (Newlyn Centre)
he film ‘I Was Born, But…’ made by renowned Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu in 1932, is one of the masterpieces of the silent era -beautiful, funny and profound. Kevos play music specially commissioned by composer Ed Hughes, live to the film for its 80 minute duration. Hughes’ delicate music perfectly captures Ozu’s touching story of the different generations of a Tokyo family navigating a fast changing world. Kevos features some of Cornwall’s finest musicians, all sharing a passion for performing new music.
Some Like It Hotter, Acorn Theatre, Penzance, Sat 17 Feb
A night of Circus, Burlesque, Valentine Vaudevillian thrills, and smoking hot Swing, brought to you by Airfish Circus, Company B and the Fantastic Miss Fanny. This Valentine’s day treat your sweetheart to the most exotic, unusual, and unforgettable evening’s entertainment in town!
Brunch Club, Canteen, St Agnes, Sun 18 Feb
A sellout last month, Ben, Sam and the Canteen team are welcoming guests for their brunch club at Canteen. This time with a Middle Eastern, mezze feel. £15
TAWAI, Screening & Q&A with Bruce Parry, Eden Project, Mon 19 Feb
Take a unique journey through the Rainforest Biome and see a special screening of explorer and filmmaker Bruce Parry’s new film, TAWAI – A voice from the forest, followed by a Q&A session with the explorer. £20pp, including free entry to Eden for the day.
Ben Tunnicliffe Cooks Fish at Scarlet Wines, Scarlet Wines, Lelant, Fri 23 Feb
Scarlet Wines is joining forces with seafood chef Ben Tunnicliffe to host a very special fish supper. Ben will be cooking four mouth-watering courses, matched with wines from Scarlet’s extensive portfolio. £40 pp.
Rachel Newton, St Petroc’s Parish Centre, Bodmin, Fri 23 Feb
Rachel Newton was named BBC Radio 2’s Folk Musician of the Year in 2017. A Singer and harpist, she specialises in interpreting traditional folk songs in both English and Gaelic as well as writing and arranging her own music.
Signs & Wonders Light Spectacular, Carn Marth, Sat 24 Feb
Four elements, four locations, four communities and a host of artists combine to create a unique and spectacular Festival of Lights in Cornwall. This month’s light spectacular takes place in Carn Marth. A magically dark space to explore at night that will be brought to life by water themed installations and music. Hanterhir will perform their Carn Marth inspired rock opera (ticketed) Above the quarry you will find a series of illuminated scultpures, a floating light installation and projection.
Tuscan Peasant Food Cookery Workshop – ‘Cook Together, Eat Together’, Canteen, St Agnes, Sat 24 Feb
Super chef Ben Quinn will be hosting his second cookery workshop at Canteen this month. This one is all about Tuscan peasant food and each workshop is followed by an evening supper, so students can either join the tables and enjoy the flavours they have created, or jump in the kitchen with Ben for evening service! £60
bgroup & China Plate present- Point of Echoes, Fri 23 (AMATA, Penryn) and Sat 24 Feb (Calstock Village Hall)
Renowned international choreographer Ben Wright and musician and writer Stuart Warwick collaborate to bring you bgroup’s most intimate and theatrical production to date. The year is 1978, isolated from the mainland, Eric Valentine and Bernard Humphries have been stationed at Echo Point lighthouse, somewhere off the coast of England. The unlikely strangers have just begun to lay down foundations for this odd working relationship when the uncanny occurs. Point of Echoes is a haunting tale of love, death and monsters, blending the tones of a Wes Anderson movie with the eerie dread of The Twilight Zone.
Bannff Mountain Film Festival, Hall For Cornwall, Truro, Fri 23 & Sat 24
Experience an extraordinary collection of short films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival. Follow the expeditions of some of today’s most incredible adventurers, see amazing footage of adrenaline packed action sports and be inspired by thought-provoking pieces shot from the far flung corners of the globe. This year there are two evenings that will ignite your passion for adventure, action and travel. For double the adventure come along both nights for two entirely different film programmes. Two night discounts are available.
Life Girl, Liskerrett Community Centre, Sat 24 Feb
Life Girl is a storytelling show about living alone without being lonely. Jane grew up watching Robinson Crusoe, a badly dubbed drama about a blonde man on a tropical island. Then she grew up and forgot about it until she read about how loneliness shortens your life-span and she panicked because she lives on her own and she thought she was going to die. She did some research and discovered that being alone and being lonely are two entirely separate ways of being. So, this show is a survivor’s guide to the art of living on your own.
Cornish Pasty Week, Sun 25 Feb – Sat 3 Mar
Turning the spotlight on Cornwall’s favourite and most iconic food, the first ever Cornish Pasty Week will be celebrated throughout Cornwall and across the country this Feb, culminating in The World Pasty Championships at Eden Project. Look out for pasty themed events near you!